The difference between one and two piece ladles is their composition. Ladles made with one continuous piece of metal or plastic from handle to edge of the cup are generally thought of as high quality and are more costly, but easier to clean and less likely to break. Two pieces on the other ladle type are the long handle and the cup. The two are attached at the cup with a few welds. These ladles are more economical and more prone to breaking at the weld joints.